I grew up in the Air Force. After my father got out of that bunch in 1971, we traveled all over North Dakota and Minnesota, going job to job, town to town. Picture Bill Bixby at the end of the old '70s Hulk TV show with a wife and two kids tagging along and you're not far off.
Institutionalized by a child's view of the military, I went and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984 and was pretty much stuck with it until 1988. After that, I decided animation was the life for me.
Following graduation from art school in 1993, My new bride (now my old bride)and I relocated to Los Angeles, where we quickly came to understand why so many people shoot at each other while simply trying to drive to work.
In the toon biz, I worked on both television and feature films as an animator and storyboard artist/designer for Marvel Films, Hanna-Barbera, DiC, Saban Entertainment, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, and Warner Bros Feature Animation, amongst others.
When the traditional animation business largely dried up in the early 2000's, I thought it best to "choose" to get out rather than just complaining about being "thrown out of it" by the warm-blooded corporate types who shipped all the jobs overseas.
Needing to continue my wasteful and selfish habits of eating and sleeping under a roof (to say nothing of my wife's similarly selfish needs), I began working for the U.S. Government.
I now live in North Dakota for the second time in my life with my wife and daughter. While I continue to work for the government, I dream of the day when my hobby of writing might someday supplant that gubmint check I've been cashing for the last 12 years.